Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment


“Warning! This book is filled with unexpected turns, happy surprises, fresh language (in every sense), sudden awakenings, quick tears, knowing laughter. And above all — delight.” — Susan Griffin, A Chorus of Stones and Bending Home

“Electric combination of lyric poetry and theater … Minal Hajratwala charms, sears, shocks and delights us. A fresh species of enlightenment.”
— Meena Alexander, Birthplace with Buried Stones

“A stunning collection that modulates between steady narratives full of anchored images and storytelling, and playful voices occurring out of lyric utterance.”
— Prageeta Sharma, Undergloom and Infamous Landscapes

From the award-winning author of Leaving India, a long-awaited debut collection of poetry

Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment gathers Minal Hajratwala’s poems and, for the first time in print, the script of her theatrical extravaganza “Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium.” Against the backdrop of a deeply political reality, she wrestles the sacred and the profane, urging them toward intimate — and occasionally ecstatic — union. The poems and performance texts here, written over the past two decades, give voice to a wild and woolly pantheon of characters, from the Buddha to Lady Gaga.

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Sneak Peek

A few notes on how my community helped create this book.

A few poems from the book:
Archaeologies of the Present: The Hungry
Archaeologies of the Present: The Professionals
Force Hexagram
Cult Statue of a Goddess
The Goddess of Lemons
Her Discourse on the Leaf
Midnight in the Hall of Buddhas
Saying It/Not Saying It
The Shallows


Audio versions of poems on SoundCloud


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Download press release, author interview, sample poem.


Review by Afric McGlinchey in Sabotage Reviews

Podcast discussion of the book, by poets Andrea Hollander  & Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo, at Late Night Library

Review by Glynn Young at TweetSpeak

Featured guest poet at The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed